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The 6 Best Places to Visit in Southeast Asia in July (2024)

By RitaUpdated Jan. 31, 2024

For planning a July trip to Southeast Asia, you would have to consider a mix of weather patterns.

You would get more sunshine in Malaysia and Indonesia while more northerly countries in SE Asia experience moderate to high rainfall, such as Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

After carefully balancing the weather prospects and experiences on offer, we have selected the following six countries for you.

If this is a big trip for a graduation or romantic milestone, Indonesia and Malaysia are highly recommended for their ideal weather to enjoy great tropical scenery in July.

If you are flexible, you could also consider low season countries to gain the benefits of fewer crowds and almost a 40% discount on hotels and flights. Thailand–Cambodia–Vietnam is the classic combo for first-timers, while Laos offers rustic charm with moderate rainfall.

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Chiang Mai elephant park The elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai

1. Indonesia: Best Beach Getaway Without Rain Worries

  • Suggested duration: 1 to 2 weeks

Indonesia embraces its best weather in July. For a rain-free tropical getaway, it never disappoints, wherever you go: Bali, the Gili Islands, Java, and Jakarta are top destinations.

As July is the peak travel season in Indonesia, you'd better prepare for crowds and high prices. Due to the increased demand, top-rated boutique hotels are easily sold out, especially those with family rooms or great views. So it's advisable to make your booking at least 3 months in advance.

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Top 5 things to do in Indonesia in July:

  • Watch various postcard-perfect sunsets and enjoy fine dining in a unique setting (such as a beachside cave) with your loved one.
  • Get wet with water activities and island-hopping tours in Bali and the Gili Islands.
  • Relax at a yoga retreat, watch a cultural show, and attend the international art festival in Bali.
  • Trek up volcanic mountains and venture into jungle forests in Bali or Java.
  • Discover old and new aspects of Indonesia in Jakarta.

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2. Malaysia: Cultural Hubs with Wildlife Adventures

  • Suggested duration: 1 to 3 weeks

Thanks to its special geography, the climates of the east and west coasts of Malaysia usually contrast. However, July stands out as a unique month when both sides usually get a break from heavy rain. If you're planning to check out the whole of Malaysia, July is the time to do it.

For first-timers, a classic itinerary typically includes Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Melaka. For beach lovers, Langkawi is not to be missed. If you're a wildlife enthusiast, Borneo is a paradise. If you want to escape from the heat, consider the Cameron Highlands.

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Top 5 things to do in Malaysia in July:

  • Explore the cultural diversity in Kuala Lumpur and Melaka.
  • Experience the bustling UNESCO city of George Town and embark on foodie adventures in Penang.
  • Trek around a hill station in the Cameron Highlands.
  • Venture into the wilds of Borneo: snorkel among marine life, feed orangutans, and spot whale sharks.
  • Indulge in stunning beaches or kayak through the mangrove forest in Langkawi.

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3. Vietnam: Family-Friendly Destination with a Relaxing Countryside Vibe

  • Suggested duration: 1 to 2 weeks

Hot temperatures prevail in most of Vietnam, except for some summer retreats in the hills such as Dalat and Sapa. The daily average temperature stays above 31°C (88°F).

As for rainfall, Central Vietnam (Da Nang, Hoi An, and Nha Trang) embraces bright sunny days and it is the best (driest) region to visit in July. However, the north (Hanoi and Halong Bay) and South Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City and Phu Quoc Island) both receive very high amounts of rainfall.

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Top 5 things to do in Vietnam in July:

  • Tailor-make a suit or ao dai, cycle around the countryside, and go for a basket fishing tour in Hoi An.
  • Unwind on beaches in Da Nang and Nha Trang.
  • Take a week-long Mekong River cruise from Vietnam to Cambodia.
  • Go to the hill station of Dalat, and explore its eccentric Crazy House.
  • If your schedule allows, join in the Full Moon Lantern Festival in Hoi An.

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4. Laos: Off-the-Beaten-Path Tranquility for Couples

  • Suggested duration: 4 days to 1 week

When July brings the rainy season's peak to Laos, it receives more rainfall than its neighboring countries. The precipitation during this season adds to the grandeur of waterfalls and the scenic beauty along the Mekong River.

Laos, being more culturally oriented, isn't the top choice for most holiday makers including American families using their summer vacations. In Laos, you could avoid the typical holiday season crowds.

As Laos is small with a limited infrastructure, it's often recommended to stay in Luang Prabang. It not only showcases the best of Laos but also offers better facilities for a more comfortable stay.

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Top 5 things to do in Laos in July:

  • Engage in street almsgiving.
  • Join in elephants' daily lives at an elephant sanctuary.
  • Discover ancient Laos at its old temples and the Royal Palace Museum.
  • Walk around and swim at the Kuang Si Falls.
  • Take a Mekong boat ride.

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5. Thailand: Affordable Southeast Asia Delights

  • Suggested duration: 10 days to 2 weeks

In July, Thailand's temperature drops slightly and averages around 29°C (84°F). Rainfall is still on the lighter side before the heavy downpours kick in between August and October.

If you're aiming for a drier experience, think about kicking off your trip in early July. Or you could visit drier cities, such as Bangkok in the central region, Chiang Mai in the north, or the east coast's southern islands, including beauty spots like Koh Samui.

With a flexible schedule and careful planning, you could discover a more tranquil Thailand in a budget-friendly way in between the moderate rainfall.

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Top 5 things to do in Thailand in July:

  • Discover iconic temples, floating markets, and railway markets in Bangkok.
  • Find serenity in Kanchanaburi, famed for its historical Death Railway and floating houses.
  • Take part in a foodie adventure and visit the elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai.
  • Relax at the photogenic beaches of Koh Samui.
  • Step back into ancient Thailand in Sukhothai.

You can find more guidance on planning a trip to Thailand & planning a family trip to Thailand.. Or you can check the sample itineraries of Thailand for 10 days, 12 days, 14 days, and 21 days >>>

6. Cambodia: Angkor Wat Unveiled and a Crowd-Free Experience

  • Suggested duration: 4 days

Frequent rainfall brings cooler temperatures to Cambodia in July. To some degree, the rainfall is predictable, which usually comes as short-lived afternoon downpours.

Despite the rain, the historical splendors that define Cambodia maintain their charm. Moreover, the popular destinations of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh are drier than many other cities in continental SE Asia. The tranquility of attractions also enhances the overall travel experience in July.

To make the most of the weather, you're advised to take a private tour. Travel with us and our experienced guides will prepare a plan B for you every day.

Phnom Penh and Siem Reap tour map

Top 5 things to do in Cambodia in July:

  • Take an in-depth walking tour of Angkor Wat with our Khmer scholar in Siem Reap.
  • Explore the countryside via an interesting ox cart ride in Siem Reap.
  • Visit the floating villages and spot wild birds at Tonle Sap Lake.
  • Participate in a blessing ceremony by local monks in Phnom Penh.
  • Learn about the dark history of the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh.

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